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Cressi Back Jac BCD Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Cressi Back Jac BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500

The Cressi Back Jac is a middle of the road wing-style, back-inflating BCD system with all the expected wings and dings. The design of the air cell has earned the BCD high marks from owners and reviewers, with most of the inflation taking place across the lower back and none at all at and above the shoulders. As a result, careful distribution of weights in the integrated weight system should allow a diver to control both buoyancy and position in both the vertical and horizontal. In terms of lift, this is the liftiest BCD Cressi makes, making it well-suited to cold water use.

Beyond that, the BCD is made from a mix of 500-denier Cordura and 420-denier nylon, giving it a conscious balance between weight and durability. The back frame is rigid with good padding and a solid handle, the dump valves are properly placed, and the rig has plenty of rings. The pockets, located outside the integrated weight pouch pockets, aren’t spacious, but are still useful. Divernet gave the Back Jac a nine-star rating, and the feedback from consumers has been uniformly strong and positive.

Average Price: $400